\ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Definition of right-hand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side

b : an indispensable person

2a : the right side

b : a place of honor

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While making rounds in Melbourne, the Duke of Sussex was noticeably sporting a mysterious black ring on his right hand. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Story Behind Prince Harry's Surprising New Ring," 18 Oct. 2018 Navarra had a large slash on the right side of her neck and a kitchen knife in her right hand. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, Kim Jong Un's right hand man, Kim Yong Chol, arrived in Beijing en route to New York City for meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. CBS News, "Trump shows optimism for North Korea summit. What changed?," 29 May 2018 Meanwhile, the Saviors' leader runs into some trouble with his right hand man. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Is 'The Walking Dead' back on track? The Stalking Dead Podcast," 5 Mar. 2018 Richard Lazer, Mayor Kenney’s right hand man and deputy mayor of labor, is being wooed by union leaders to run for the seat that local Democratic party boss U.S. Rep. Bob Brady has held for two decades. Claudia Vargas, Philly.com, "Could Mayor Kenney's labor aide oust longtime Dem party boss Bob Brady from Congress?," 11 Jan. 2018 So the left hand fights misinformation in the News Feed, while the right hand seeds fear, uncertainty, and doubt to reporters. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 The mummified right hand resides at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New imaging tech gives us the finger (of a mummy)," 27 Sep. 2018 From Keith Haring, his favorite artist, whose iconic dancing men are tattooed across this Keith’s right hand fingers, and from his favorite animal. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Keith Ape, Korea’s Breakout Rap Star, Is Making One Major Comeback," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side

: made for the right hand



Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side

3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Medical Definition of right-hand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side

2 : the right side

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